As promised, Dell is now offering XPS 13 laptops with Ubuntu Linux.
The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is available for $949 and up.
That actually makes the Ubuntu model a little more expensive than an entry-level Dell XPS 13 with Windows. But the cheapest Windows model has 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core i3 processor, while Dell is targeting the Developer Edition at power users.
So the most affordable XPS 13 Developer Edition features an Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of solid state storage, and a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel matte display. It runs Ubuntu 14.04 software.
If you want a cheaper model you could always pay $799 for a Windows laptop and install Ubuntu yourself.
On the other hand if you want more from the laptop, you can opt for models with up to 256GB of storage, 3200 x 1800 pixel displays, and Core i7 processors. Note that Dell does not offer any models with more than 8GB of RAM, and while it’s possible to upgrade the SSD yourself, the RAM is soldered to the motherboard so there’s no way to add more memory.
Each model has a backlit keyboard, a 52 Wh battery, 802.11ac WiFi, and a case that measures a little over half an inch thick and weighs 2.8 pounds.
I reviewed the Windows version of this laptop with a Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM recently and I was quite impressed with the design, performance, and price.
via Hacker News